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Villa Armas Cabins
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“Well located and clean”
Reviewed 4 January 2011

Villa Armas cabins are located 5 minutes walk from Akashotel where the ski bus stops. Cabins although located in a "square" are quiet and generally well equipped. They are clean and comfortable although not as high end as Maston Aitio cabins in Ruka. As mentioned before the pillows are a bit soft but certainly didn't affect my sleeping. What you see in the brochure (Inghams) is what you get rather than pot luck with Yllas Log cabins which are dotted around in woodland behind and had mixed reviews. We took a DVD player (as only VCR in cabin). The biggest surprise was a local reindeer "Jack" who visited our cabin nearly every morning.
The cabins are well located for ski bus to slopes and also to walk into the town to the supermarket and restaurants - as recommended by other people go to Jullis - the pizzas are enormous and I can recommend the more sophisticated a la carte menu as well.
Yllas Ski slopes are 5 mins bus ride away (recommend if you're going to slopes regularly you pay for weekly bus ticket to be added to your ski lift pass). Facilities at the ski slopes i.e. cafe/restaurant/bar were excellent (although pricier than the town) and ski hire was very efficient. Definitely hire a locker to store your skis/boots for the week as so much easier than carting them about. Ski slopes were also kept in good condition and all the beginners easy slopes had someone manning/helping you with the button lifts - great for those who are not so confident.
My second trip to Finland and would definitely go again.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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st albans
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2010

We [2 adults, boy 14, girl 12] stayed in cabin 50 Villa Armas 27 Dec 09 for 1 week with Inghams. As previously reviewed cabins are not traditional detatched but in groups but are very modern, clean and cosy. The reason we picked these was that we had 2 twin rooms and a double bed on the mezzanine, 2 separate toilets, a double shower [wet room style] and a sauna plus all the mod cons including drying room. Our flight arrived during the evening so would not have had time to get to the supermarket [10-15 mins walk] and took coffee, soup, sausages and bread for supper & breakfast, definately recommended. The log fire is easy to use and logs are provided, although not necessary as underfloor heating is more than sufficient. On the way back from the ski centre we stayed on the bus which dropped us off near the supermarket, then just walked back.
The sauna was fun and we did it Finnish style [well almost] we ran out into the snow outside but with our swimming costumes and boots on].
We pre-booked the Inghams learn to ski package which proved to be extremely good value as it also includes the ski boots/ski's and lift passes for 7 days [tip: on the Saturday tell the kiosk at the ski centre that you are Inghams guests and they will add the 7th day free as the passes only state 6 days] - we were grateful for this on the sunday as our flight was in the evening so spend all morning on the slopes. On arrival read the welcome pack as you need to know the bus times etc. The ski centre are extremely efficient and sorted us out with boots/ski's in no time at all with no fuss, despite many people arriving for same on the Monday morning. We were on the slopes by 10am ready for our lesson! The instructors are extremely nice [and very patient]. By the 4th day our group was down to 5 people [we took 5 days lessons, others only took 2 or 3 days]. The slopes were very quiet, perfect for learners or intermediates, on some of the blue slopes there were only the 4 of us plus a few others [I was surprised to find we were confident on these within 3 or 4 days of 1 1/2 hr lessons].
We were glad that we pre-booked the Reindeer Super Safari and Husky Super Safari in advance with Inghams as they organise your ski lessons in the morning then time to get back to cabin, have lunch then back out for the afternoon trip [also there is limited space on these and there is a bit of a rush to book at the welcome meeting on Monday afternoon]. The husky safari was the highlight as adults get to actually mush their own team of husky's through the forest [we each had a child in the sleigh]. The husky farm is very interesting and the husky's are actual race dogs].
We decided not to pre-book a snowmobile trip as not only were the trips expensive, we weren't sure if the children would enjoy being out for a few hours on these. We walked down to Snow Fun Safari's in the village and just hired 2 on the spot for an hour and they gave us anything required i.e. boots/balaclavas/gloves/helmets/snowsuits and instructions, phone number and map and suggested a trip through the forest. The snowmobile tracks are well signposted and work just like the roads - it was easy, exciting and absolutely magical [it was appx 3pm with pink sun set through snow covered trees]. Snow Fun only charge you for the time you have been out and the fuel used once you return. We were out 1 hour and they charged 35 euro each snowmobile and didn't bother charging us for any fuel. We could therefore take the trip at our own pace and return when ready [take your driving licences should the snowmobile police stop you apparently].
We decided to take a taxi to the Lainio snow village as again wasn't convinced the children would appreciate a coach or snowmobile trip out for the afternoon, the taki cost us 83 euros [taxi waited for us] plus a few euros entrance and we again went at our own pace [3pm in the afternoon and it was extremely quiet at the ice hotel], in the end we were only there about an hour [plus 30 mins drive and back again]. The ice bar didn't start serving drinks until 6pm so in hindsight would have perhaps gone a little later, however when we were leaving at about 4.30pm 2 coach loads of people were arriving. I believe alcohol can be expensive so we packed a few bottles of wine in the suitcase. ,

Akaslompolo [the village of Villa Armas] is much quieter than Yllasyarvi [the other side of the Yllas fell]. When the coach trips picked guests up from Hotel Saaga we could see that this side was much busier and mainly hotels and apartments, whereas Akaslompolo was mainly cabins [and a couple of hotels]. Personally we much preferred this, but if you were looking for nightlife perhaps Yllasjarvi would be preferable.

If you have ski pants and jacket and decent boots there is no need to hire the all in one suits and boots as we found they are not as warm. We wore thermal layer with a sweatshirt and then the ski pants and jacket. Hat, gloves and buff or balaclava is definately needed.

We all had a fabulous holiday, I would have no hesitation in recommending Villa Armas and Inghams were extremely well organised. I had no previous desire to ski, but at 45 years old, found that I was not too old to learn fairly quickly and enjoyed it immensely. We will definately be going back, soon I hope - can't wait to get back on those slopes!

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled with family
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England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2009

We stayed at the Villa Armas for our first ski holiday from the 5th - 12th April, which we were allocated cabin 46.
The cabins do not look as pretty from the outside compared to the more traditional log cabins in the area, however once inside it was clean modern and spacious. Ideal for a family of 4. Downstairs we had our open plan living/kitchen area, bedroom separate wc shower room and sauna. Upstairs had another wc,bedroom and mezzanine area with a double bed. The drying closet was an added bonus and the sauna was lovely. Take with you some aromotherapy oils, as I was full of cold before we left I used Eucalyptus oil in the sauna and it worked a treat.
We enjoyed going for walks to the frozen lake in the mornings, you would pass the cross country ski tracks along the way which looked very popular. The supermarket and restaurants were approx 15 minute walk away and it was novel way to return your shopping home on a sleigh.
For learning to ski Yllas is a fantastic place, the slopes were very wide and even though Easter is supposed to be very busy we didn't think it was at all, there was hardly any queue for the lifts. The only small problem we had was at the start of the week our lessons that we booked with Crystal were that My youngest son and I had ski lessons at 10.00 am and my husband and oldest son had learn to board at 2pm. Once we had spoken to the reps we were able to change the ski lessons for the 2pm class so we could all have lessons at the same time. My lessons were with the Inghams group in the afternoon so it was good of the tour operators and ski school to work together in that respect.
We did the snow mobile safari to Rami's husky farm which included a husky sleigh ride which was fantastic, Our guide from Artic Safaris was very helpful and friendly, the trip itself was expensive but worth it.
The weather was very sunny until Thursday when we had snow for the day which was lovely to see but as it was windy and it felt a lot colder. The ski instructor said it was more like January weather. By the time we were leaving the temperature was approx +2 and the snow was really starting to melt. It was very slushy around the roads and it had turned black, I was glad we picked the first week of the Easter hols. Overall we had the most amazing time in Yllas it is truly a beautiful place. You will have a wonderful time.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with family
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Gloucester
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2009

We're just back from a week in the villa armas cabins (booked through Crystal - advertised in their brochure as Yllas log cabins - type E).

We were a bit disappointed at first that unlike some of the others, the cabins are grouped in a couple of rows rather than dotted around the woods and aren't traditional log-built cabins. However, inside we were pleasantly surprised by how clean, spacious and comfortable they are inside. The shower room was huge, with 2 separate showers, and the water was always piping hot. The kitchenette was well equipped with a dishwasher, microwave, oven, coffee machine, kettle toaster and loads of plates, glasses, mugs, etc. We had booked a welcome pack of food, but it probably wasn't worth it with the supermarket so close.

The beds were comfy and there was plenty of wardrobe space. The hall area was great for drying damp ski-wear, and there's also a washing machine and clothes drier. We lit a log fire most nights (more for atmosphere than warmth, as even when it was minus 20 outside, the cabin stayed a toasty 20 degrees inside. The lounge had a TV, VCR and CD player.

The location is ideal - the main reception/restaurant building for Hotel Akas and the ski-bus stop is a 5 minute walk away, and a nearby path leads down to Lake Akaslompolo. The supermarket and main restaurants are about 15 minutes away. We ate out most nights, including in the Hotel Restaurant one night. We arrived too late for the buffet dinner (only served 5-7pm), so dined a la carte instead and the food was excellent (as it was pretty much everywhere we ate), Julli's bar and restaurant is great for burgers, pizzas and bar meals. Akaslompolo Restaurant (at the far end of the village) was cosy and welcoming and the food was delicious.

We skied every day - this was our first time on snow, but the slopes are really quiet so there's plenty of room to build your confidence. We also did an evening snowmobile safari which was fun. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see the Northern Lights, but that just gives us a good excuse to go back in a year or two! We'd certainly stay in Villa Armas cabins again.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Middlesbrough
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2009

We stayed at the Villa Armas cabins 1st-8th February 2009 and was well worth booking the self-catering log cabins. They were spotless and had everything you would expect and more....Double shower room, sauna, washer, dryer, microwave, dishwasher and super underfloor heating.....They had log fires too but the underfloor heating was sufficient enough and we never had the time to light it. The beds were a little uncomfortable and the bed linen could of been a bit better but it didn't spoil our time in the cabins at all. We were out for most of the day at the ski-slopes and ski-lessons which I would highly recommend - we were all decent skiers by the end of the week. The snowmobile ride which was 2 hours long was expensive as is everything there but well worth the experience...you only need to do it the once.......Deffo.going again next year and would highly recommend this accomodation. You are in for a treat if you stay at the Villa Armas Cabins,,, enjoyxxx

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  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed February 2009
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Sheffield
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2009

We went to Lapland for a week from 11th Jan 2009. We had an amazing holiday. There were 2 couple between 23-29. We really enjoyed the skiing due to the groomed slopes and lack of queues. There was plenty of other activities to do too (including watching the Northern Lights which was my favourite).

We stayed in cabin 35 the same as myboyromeo, but I have to assume they have been modernised since they stayed. The only downside to our cabin was that the log fire was pretty pointless. It was a bit too small for the logs, and didn't kick out much heat. The good news was we didn't need it. In fact we had to sleep with the vents open non our first night because it was so warm (the outside temp was only -1 and we hadn't thought to check the thermostat at this point). The sauna was small but well formed. The double shower was fantastic. We had about half an hours worth of hot water with both showers running full blast.

The beds weren't made, but we've found they rarely are in self catering cabins. It only took 5 minutes to make them. The crockery and cutlery cupboards were full of everything we needed (including the all important frying pan).

The cabins are a 2 minutes walk from the frozen lake at Akaslompolo, which was the best place we found for watching the northern lights. Much better than the place we paid to go to on the snow mobiles! The supermarket, various bars and places to eat are all with in a 10 minute walk.

Basically, we had a fantastic week, and found the cabins to be a great base with everything we needed, and even a few we didn't. The only reason I wouldn't recommend this place is to stop people going so I don't have to queue for the lifts when we go back next year :o)

  • Liked — Location (close to shops, bars and frozen lake)
  • Disliked — log fire was a bit useless
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2009

I booked this through lastminute for there 10th birthday at £97 each inc flight and hotel, although the deal was not to be sniffed at, I was dubious of living conditions...we arrived on 12th January for a weeks stay with a total of 6 people.

I have to say, I and my traveling compadres were more than pleasantly surprised with the entire package, more so, the cabin.

It was definitely spacious (whoever said it wasn't must have been traveling with a herd of elephants), It was clean fairly modern and had a great selection of cooking utensils and utilities.

I agree with other reviews I have read, that you might not need to light the log fire although with our temperatures of -35, it was occasionally needed.

The TV had great reception for those wishing to watch it but only a few channels in English (take some cards or games - pass the bomb is recommended)

The XC ski track was right outside our door as was the frozen lake we walked on to watch the Northern Lights.

Hotel Akas is 2 minutes up the road and is a good meeting point they are also willing to assist with the cabins, holding keys etc.

The ONLY downer for me was the pillows being slightly flat, no big deal though as most places provide a basic pillow.


Recommended activities are the Ice Fishing with Inghams/Destination Lapland, Snowboarding/Ski-ing (of course), go on a LONG trek into the forests (but be mindful of thin ice on frozen lakes).

All in all I have been blown away with this holiday, it was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone, I have to give Inghams, LastMinute and Villa Armas Cabins a big thumbs up.

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  • Stayed January 2009
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Property: Villa Armas Cabins
Address: Akaslompolo, Finland
Region: Finland > Lapland > Akaslompolo
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Ranked #11 of 13 Speciality Lodging in Akaslompolo
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Villa Armas Cabins 4.5*
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